Research shows that carrying your baby is good for bonding between parent and child, and that babies become calm from it. However, some babies don't seem to enjoy being in a carrier or wrap, and cry or become restless every time they're put in one. Some children may even overextend in a carrier. Sometimes, it's just a matter of getting used to it. Keep trying when your child is well-rested, and start with holding them and loosely putting on the carrier. Walking around or gently swaying often helps your baby to feel more comfortable.
Check if the following problems are not causing discomfort:
- Is there not too much pressure under the back of the head? This can cause a reflex of overextension
- Are the leg openings not too tight? Are the legs not constricted?
- Can the arms, lower legs, and head move freely?
- Is the wrap or carrier not too tight?
- Is it not too hot or too cold for your child?